Innus Against the Val Jalbert Mini Power Plant

By  Alana-Kateri La Rosa Dancoste

In 2007, the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean, the Domaine-du-Roy MRC and the Maria-Chapdelaine MRC finalized a partnership agreement focused on energy development in the region. The Société de l’énergie communautaire du Lac-Saint-Jean aimed to ‘’maximize local benefit of projects that respect the values and interests of the settings in which they are established’’. Read More

Innu Protest at Salon Plan Nord

By Shiann Wahéhshon Whitebean

On April 21, 2012, a protest was held at Palais de Congrés in Montreal where the Salon du Plan Nord (Plan Nord Job Fair) took place (Montreal Gazette Videos, 2012). At this time there were daily protests against tuition hikes being held by Montreal students, and as a result there were hundreds of protestors on the premises. A bus load of Innu came from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam to protest the Charest Government’s Plan Nord and were joined by Mohawks from Kahnawá:ke Read More

Vocational training overview

By Sara Serravalle

According to the vision of Plan Nord introduced in 2011, the government wanted to initiate a more sustainable project in order to support Quebec’s economic and social development. In order to do this, the government wanted to use the Northern territories for its rich resources. Such rich resources include forests, mining areas, fertile land and water sources to produce energy (Couillard, pp.1, 2011). Although the government saw great potential in using all of these resources, they knew they could not begin launching projects without the consent of the Aboriginal communities who inhabit these lands. Hydro-Québec was one of the companies to cooperate with Aboriginal communities, particularly the Cree. Read More

Natashquan Innus and La Romaine

By Catherine Thibodeau

natashquan1Hydro-Québec’s La Romaine is a hydroelectric complex composed of four hydropower-generating stations situated north of the municipality of Havre St. Pierre on the north shore of the St Lawrence. The time span of the project is planned from 2009 to 2020. The Quebec government predicts that the project will generate $3.5 billion in revenue for Québec and $1.3 billion for the Côte-Nord region, Read More